Weekly Update: September 2, 2015

Dear Family,

This Lord's Day we will have the honor of observing the Lord's Supper. This means of God's grace to his people has so many implications concerning our view of God, the saving work of Christ as our Mediator, and the importance of being members of the body of Christ. Here is an wonderful explanation, taken from the Westminster Larger Catechism, of what a sacrament means:

Q. 162. What is a sacrament?
A. A sacrament is an holy ordinance instituted by Christ in his church (Gen 17:7, 10; Exod 12; Matt 28:19; 26:27-28; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:19-20; 1 Cor 11:22-26†), to signify, seal, and exhibit (Rom 4:11; 1 Cor 11:24-25) unto those that are within the covenant of grace (Rom 9:8; 15:8; Exod 12:48; Gal 3:27, 29; 4:28), the benefits of his mediation (Acts 2:38; 22:16; 1 Cor 10:16); to strengthen and increase their faith, and all other graces (Rom 4:11; 15:8-9; Gal 3:27); to oblige them to obedience (Rom 6:3-4; 1 Cor 10:21); to testify and cherish their love and communion one with another (Eph 4:2-5; 1 Cor 12:13; 10:17); and to distinguish them from those that are without (Eph 2:11-12; Gen 34:14).

Likewise, when we partake of the bread and wine, we receive spiritual nourishment that both solidifies our standing in Christ and with one another. Once again, from the Westminster Larger Catechism:

Q. 168. What is the Lord’s supper?
A. The Lord’s supper is a sacrament of the New Testament (Luke 22:20), wherein, by giving and receiving bread and wine according to the appointment of Jesus Christ, his death is shewed forth; and they that worthily communicate feed upon his body and blood, to their spiritual nourishment and growth in grace (Matt 26:26-28; John 6:55-56; 1 Cor 11:23-26); have their union and communion with him confirmed (1 Cor 10:16); testify and renew their thankfulness (1 Cor 11:24-26), and engagement to God (1 Cor 10:14-16, 21; Rom 7:4), and their mutual love and fellowship each with other, as members of the same mystical body (1 Cor 10:17).

Thus, it is important to spend the days leading up to the Lord's Supper in prayer, confession, gospel education, and reconciliation with other church members.

Please keep Shane, Sara, and the Fowler gang in your prayers as they head to south Florida for some vacation relaxation (as much as they can with four very energetic kids!). We love them and are so thankful we are family.

Please pray for Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) as they begin to meet. God is really blessing and growing this ministry, so if you are able to assist on the days they meet it would be much appreciated. To inquire further please contact Debbie Koerner in the church office.

Please don't forget to sign up for upcoming First Hour classes. You can sign up the old fashion way (clipboard in the lobby) or the really hip and cool way (online). Here's the link: http://crosscreek.us/classes/

Last Sunday we looked at Jesus' warning about the scribes. This Sunday we see his affirmation of the widow who gives everything. Remember my overview of C.S. Lewis's Three Kinds of Men? Well, if the scribes are the religious, guess what the widow is - the gospel!

I can't wait to worship with you!

Paul